FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Official Luther Allison Update: 08/07/97
From: Beverly Howell, Howell Productions, Inc., on behalf of Rocky Brown
To Luther's friends, fans, and family:
Luther has received a total of ten full-cranium and one focused radiation treatments at Southern Wisconsin Radiation Center in Madison.
On Friday, July 25th, he experienced double vision, followed by rolling vision. A CTscan showed positive response to the radiation, reducing both the tumor size and edema. Unfortunately, the rolling vision continued. Luther described it "like a broken slot machine where the cherries keep spinning."
Results of routine blood tests and x-rays showed a drastic reduction of sodium. He was admitted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital on Wednesday, July 30th, to facilitate in correcting the sodium levels. Unfortunately, the advanced cancer is producing Anti-Diuretic Hormone Syndrome, which doesn't allow his body to absorb sodium.
He is sleeping comfortably. The doctors assure us he is not in pain, nor do they expect him to experience any pain.
Luther wants all of you to know that all the love and well wishes are appreciated. He wants everyone to carry on, to be happy, to love one another, and to try to make this a better world.
He loves each and every one of you.